- Grow your own Baldcypress, a large deciduous conifer from the Gulf Coast!
- Bulk tree deals for landscaping projects, windbreaks, restoration and reforestation work, and other large-scale plantings
- Seed-grown on California's Redwood Coast
- Transplanting and care instructions included
Nursery Note: Please be aware that these trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves each autumn. As temperatures cool in the fall, the trees begin their seasonal transformation with brightening foliage and colorful, falling leaves. As bare as they may appear without foliage, the trees benefit greatly from their annual winter’s rest, and will awaken in the springtime to readorn themselves with lush new foliage.
Full Sun / Partial Shade
60 – 120' tall / 25 – 35' spread
Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) is a large deciduous conifer typically associated with the swamps, bayous, and waterways of the Southeastern United States and Gulf Coast. It is rare for a conifer to lose its needles as the Baldcypress does every autumn, and that remarkable quality is why this tree came to be called “bald.” Baldcypress is a member of the Redwood Family, and it grows ever more imposing and elegant with age, reaching heights over 130 feet, with immense, deeply fluted trunks and feathery seasonally-changing foliage lightly adorning powerful branches. In its native realms, the irregular crowns of Baldcypress trees are often richly draped with Spanish Moss. This tree’s closest relative is the unmistakably similar-looking Dawn Redwood (also deciduous, hailing from China).
Baldcypress is obviously a very water-tolerant species, often growing on chronically flooded alluvial plains or in bogs and swamps where large trees literally emerge out of the water. When growing in water, Baldcypresses can form highly unique buttress-like root growths off their lower trunks known as “cypress knees” — these growths very much resemble the “flying buttresses” famous in Gothic church architecture.
Baldcypress is a very long-lived species. The oldest known still-living specimen is estimated to be nearly 1,700 years old. The wood of Baldcypress has even greater longevity. Baldcypress wood has almost miraculous qualities for rot resistance and durability, for which it has earned the moniker, “Wood Eternal.” Still-usable prehistoric wood can be found in swamps to this day, some of it dating back more than 50 thousand years.
Though Baldcypress trees hail from mild climates and usually grow on very wet soils, these are not requirements. In cultivation, the Baldcypress thrives in a wide range of soil conditions and can tolerate climates that that dip well below zero (to -30°F or lower!). Hence, Baldcypress has become a very popular ornamental in diverse climates throughout the U.S., Southern Canada, Europe, and Asia.
About Jonsteen's Seedlings
All of our trees are seed-grown at our nursery on California's Redwood Coast, which is inspected monthly and licensed by the California Department of Agriculture. Trees can provide a natural barrier against high winds, temperatures, noise pollution and soil erosion, all while benefiting local air quality, wildlife and property values — a Jonsteen seedling will only grow in value and beauty!
About Jonsteen's Nursery Lots
Periodically, we offer great deals on bulk lots of select species to make room in the nursery for our new crop. It's a great way for us to keep things moving while rewarding our most prolific tree-planting customers. Are you thinking about a larger-scale landscaping, windbreak, restoration or reforestation project? This deal was made for you!
Seedling Size Chart: Medium
Due to the dynamic nature of actively growing trees, as well as the tremendous variation between species’ growth rates, we rely on the cubic volume of a seedling’s root mass to determine its “size” (Small / Medium / Large / XL). Within each size there is minor variance — the dimensions provided here represent the category minimum. If exact measurements are essential, please contact us about current stock.